One thing I love about workshops & writing retreats is you end up with writing that otherwise may not have existed. Be as open as you can be approaching this activity and if you find more than one piece of writing coming through, then let it. Scribble pages of notes, work on it throughout the weekend. Let’s CREATE!
I am sure you know the term and have used automatic writing before, but just in case here is a simple definition:
Free writing is a prewriting technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. It produces raw, often unusable material, but helps writers overcome blocks of apathy and self-criticism. It is used mainly by prose writers and writing teachers.I often meet ‘why’ learners/ writers – people who need to know the reason behind what we are doing/achieving. Questions may arise about the calibre of writing we are about to produce… so here’s WHY.WHY?
- It makes you more comfortable with the act of writing.
- It helps you bypass the “inner critic” who tells you you can’t write.
- It can be a valve to release inner tensions.
- It can help you discover things to write about.
- It can indirectly improve your formal writing.
- It can be fun.
RULES FOR FREE WRITING:
- Write nonstop for a set period of time (10–20 minutes).
- Do not make corrections as you write.
- Keep writing, even if you have to write something like, “I don’t know what to write.”
- Write whatever comes into your mind.
- Do not judge or censor what you are writing.
- If you can, let GO of punctuation – this will help your writing flow.
- DEFINITELY DO NOT WORRY about your spellings or handwriting!
A twinkling eye can mean many things – start with someone who has a twinkle in their eye and see where it takes you…..
Here are some more fun ideas if you want to keep writing or have some spare time this weekend …. don’t forget to go and grab some lunch though!
Other than using this picture of street food as a prompt;
- List 10 book titles you might like to write.
- Write an imaginary letter to an Agent, tell them how wonderful you are!
- Pick a book off your shelf (or kindle) at random, open it at any chapter. Write down the first line. Find another chapter, this time write down the last line of the chapter. Now use the opening line to start your story (you’ve guessed it) the endline should be the 2nd sentence you wrote down. Limit yourself to 1000 words.
REMEMBER If you do any of these exercises link back to your blog post or post them as comments here, we would love to see/read the results!